We don't really know what decided Universal to do it, but there it is : Balto, one of the less popular animated movie, got a sequel, just like most Disney films.
It took approximately two years of work, and the Universal Cartoons Studios produced it (they are mostly known for being the animation studios behind the "Land Before Time" series of sequels, logical since the original Land Before Time was also an Amblimation movie.)
This film was intented to the video market (no theaters release, that's what we call a Direct-To-Video), and it was also aired before its release on a famous american channel, Cartoon Networks. The story follows the one in the original, several months after the diphteria disease. The complete title is Balto 2 : Wolf Quest.
Obviously, this sequel is far from being excellent like the first one, but it still has some qualities, especially for a DTV release. However, read my opinion on the film in the section "Review" for more information.
The film was released at the beginning of 2002 in the United States.
Maurice LaMarche ... Balto
Charles Fleischer ... Boris the Goose
Jodi Benson ... Jenna
Kevin Schon ... Muk and Luk
Lacey Chabert ... Aleu
David Carradine... Nava
Mark Hamill... Niju
Mary Kay Bergman... The fox
Peter MacNicol... Muru
Nicolette Little... Dingo (one of the pups)
Melanie Spore... Saba (one of the pups)
Monnae Michaell ... Aniu (mother of Balto)
Release in VHS and DVD in USA: February 2, 2002
Release in VHS and DVD in France: October 8, 2002